Meet Skully. Photo: @skullysmith Instagram
We’ve been at this for a while, so trust us when we say that our next LOVE GOODLY guest editor is Balance Incarnate. Pairing pin-up girl flair with just the right amount of edge, fashion and fitness guru Skully Smith is a dark daydream come true. Yet she also has one of the brightest and warmest hearts, with a particular soft spot for animals, and this combo of light and dark makes her at once approachable and ethereal. Here she shares with us her fitness routine, tried and tested energy boosts, vegan fashion, and motivation tips to keep your Summer mind and body ready all year-round.
Best advice you have for people starting out on their fitness journey START TODAY! It’s so easy to get caught up in the, “I’ll start next week,” excuse – and then next week turns into next month, and so on! Excuses are the devil on your shoulder telling you that you don’t need to workout, when you know you do. You will ALWAYS feel such satisfaction for pushing through your barriers. As someone who used to loathe working out, I know how hard it can be to find a workout that you like and then actually stick to it! Fortunately I found a program that I absolutely LOVE, and I have been doing it for almost a year now. The best part is that its ONLY 30 minutes a day, a different workout each day of the week, and I get to do it in the comfort and privacy of my own home! If you want to learn more about the workout plan, send me an email and I will share all the details! [email protected]
This week, LOVE GOODLY sits down with wellness blogger Jen – founder and creator of Cuddles and Chaos. We find out how this “real life mom from the suburbs of New York City” navigates through her daily life and her tips on going gluten free!
What is the biggest challenge you face balancing family, work, and personal health?
When you think of balance when it comes to yoga or surfing or tight rope walking, it’s actually constant motion. Lots of tiny little movements to compensate and keep everything from tipping too far in one direction or another. Balance in our lives is no different, but somehow we aren’t conditioned to think of it the same way.
My biggest problem is beating myself up when I’m tipping too far in one direction instead of just taking a deep breath and trying to refocus and adjust my priorities.
What advice do you have for other mothers trying to balance these areas in their lives?
Give yourself a break. No matter what social media tells you, no one has their shit completely together. We’re all just doing the best we can. Some days, your kids are going to need every last bit of attention you’ve got. Your work and sanity might suffer that day, but as long as you keep realigning, everything will be ok. The universe will not implode. The earth will keep spinning.
And if things don’t feel right? Make a change. This bit of encouragement from Dallas Clayton is one of my favorite things to turn to when I start to feel overwhelmed: Make a list of things that make you happy. Make a list of things you do every day. Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly.
Share with us your top three wellness tips.
1. It’s not all or nothing. I don’t know about you, but the second I have a moment of weakness, I’m ready to throw in the towel and dive face first into a bowl of chocolate. When you do something that doesn’t contribute to your wellness, you should acknowledge it, think about how you can react differently to the situation next time, and let it go. The same is true for trying to make positive changes for your wellness. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start small and build off of that. I’ve been trying to do that with my monthly wellness challenges.
2. Hydrate. Until recently I was admittedly terrible at making sure I drank enough water throughout the day. But I challenged myself to focus on it one month (and I tracked my progress to make sure I wasn’t lying to myself) and my skin is clearer, I have more energy and less headaches. I feel like a new woman!
3. Self-care is essential. As a mom, it’s easy to put myself last. I have small humans who rely on me for so much. But if you don’t take care of yourself, everyone will suffer. You can’t give your all when you’re a shell of a human. This means getting sleep. It means setting time aside to exercise. It means carving out pockets of time to do things that you love and to do it in peace.
Has being gluten free changed other areas in your life?
Going gluten free made me much more aware of my body. It’s amazing to see symptoms that you weren’t even fully aware of (like bloating, skin issues, and brain fog) disappear when you remove foods that don’t agree with you. It’s made me pay closer attention to the other foods that I eat and how they affect me. It also made me pay closer attention to my skin care products and how they affect me. Reading Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore of SW Basics drove that point home even harder.
What is your favorite new gluten free food or recipe?
I was always a big fan of pasta. Since I haven’t found many gluten free pastas that taste like the real deal (especially texturally), I’ve gone the veggie route. I’m absolutely obsessed with zucchini noodles with pesto or hummus. It’s not the same as pasta, but I’m ok with that now. I also really like brown rice salads, especially in the summer months. We make them similar to pasta salads with lots of fresh veggies. We just sub brown rice for pasta.
What is the hardest thing about being gluten free, e.g. eating out, explaining to friends?
The hardest thing for me has been tuning out other people’s opinions. I gave up gluten after bloodwork came back inconclusive for celiac. My doctor said I might have a sensitivity to it and suggested I eliminate it from my diet for a few weeks. It’s my life. I should be able to do what makes me feel good. But people like to spout their opinions. People have told me that gluten sensitivities are made up or accused me of jumping on a weight loss fad bandwagon (nevermind that weight loss was never the reason behind it). I’ve even had waiters spout off about how everyone thinks bread is evil now.
What advice do you have for people transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle?
Google is your best friend. For real. It’s insane how many things have gluten hidden inside them (from spices to soy sauce to things that get cross contaminated, like oats). When I first started, I Googled everything. I also make sure to check out menus before I go to restaurants. Many places clearly list their gluten free options now.
Shop LOVE GOODLY’s favorite Gluten free products here!
We here at LOVE GOODLY have a problem – a lip balm problem. This is all thanks to to our friends at Hurraw! We’re just going to start out by saying if you haven’t tried one of these balms you are seriously missing out (hint hint).
Follow the jump to learn more about Hurraw! and find out how they’re able to – in their own words – “keep it real”!
What other way is there?
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According to Organics.org, “aluminum compounds within deodorants act as a plug within the sweat ducts and temporarily stop the flow of sweat. However, these compunds can be absorbed by your skin and can mimic estrogen, which promote growth of breast cancer cells.”
[Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Benzyl and Butyl]
Not only have parabens been linked to breast cancer, but they are also known to disrupt hormonal balance.
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient with health hazards. It may cause delayed allergic reactions, and is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver-damage.
Silica is a known skin irritant, it may also be contaminated with crystalline quartz which is a carcinogen. Silica is known to cause cancer, allergies and immunotoxicity.
Ready to make the change? Check out our non-toxic deodorants at LOVE GOODLY!
1. Crystal Essence Pomegranate Roll-On Deodorant
We are obsessed! Enjoy the natural antioxidant powers of this proven “super fruit” to help protect and regenerate your skin.
2. Blissoma Deodorant
This formula from Blissoma will keep odor at bay for anyone. Like many natural deodorants it includes baking soda which absorbs and eliminates odor extremely reliably.
Our summer intern – Halle Jacobs has been a vegan advocate since she was a little girl! It would be hard not to be when her mom is the owner and founder of Real Food Daily! Read on to find out what it’s like growing up vegan and why it’s so much more than a “hipster fad”…
While sharing lunch with a friend one third grade afternoon, she offered me a bite of a small, circular shaped potato-type food. After popping it in my mouth, I exclaimed, “wow, this is really chewy! What is it?”.
Her response that “it’s chicken” prompted me to immediately spit the bite out onto the grass and reminded her, “I’m vegan!”.
“Oops, sorry, I forgot”, she responded.
“I’ve never eaten meat”, I said.
She raised her eyebrows, her eyes widen, and she craned her neck forward with her jaw dropped – a look of astonishment on her face. Baffled, she ask, “but how? It tastes so good!”.
I responded with, “it’s just how my parents raised me”.
Some believe that veganism is a restrictive diet for those lose trying to lose weight or young, ‘hipster’ college students. Au contraire, being vegan provides the opportunity to grow as a ‘foodie’ and, most significantly, a conscious consumer. Veganism goes far beyond the parameters of just a plant-based diet. It’s a lifestyle that finds its way into every action you take and every purchase you make. As a high-school student, I found this especially applicable to my experience growing up in the consumer-driven mindset of Los Angeles.
While broadening my vegan diet to an all encompassing lifestyle, I’ve grown hyper-aware of the products I buy, their ingredients, and the environmental implications. It’s easy to spend hours at the grocery store, cross-examining labels and double-checking ingredients or scouring a restaurant menu for the right meal choice as the waiter painfully attempts to aid in your quest to find the right option that can be prepared vegan. The ingredients that blend the increasingly popular organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free (and, of course, vegan!) smoothies from one of the many popular juiceries found in Los Angeles are often colorfully displayed on a chalkboard above the array of blenders visible to all customers: you can literally see your smoothie being made. However, beauty products are quite different. The components of your favorite grapefruit body soap, coconut hand lotion, or peachy-pink blush are not displayed right before the buyer, considering that not many purchase their beauty products directly from the laboratory they’re made in.
I’ve become a strong advocate for cruelty-free beauty products, however the harmful chemicals and the ensuing environmental impacts of the beauty industry had yet to draw my attention until my first makeup purchase. Since I attended an all-girls school, my interest in makeup was delayed until my 16th birthday, whereupon I entered Nordstrom’s beauty section, pacing the aisles, frantically searching each brand name on my iPhone to decide whether to consider purchasing their makeup products based on their environmental philosophy. Afterwards, I immediately rushed home to clear out my assortment of hair products and body washes that failed to meet sustainable standards.
[Is your mouth watering yet?! Real Food Daily is Southern California’s premier organic plant-based restaurant (and my family’s restaurant!) that serves a quality, authentic, creative, and nutritionally balanced menu. Since 1993, RFD has been a cherished destination where community happens around education, connection and hospitality, over delicious, accessible food that’s real.]
Nevertheless, it proved difficult to easily find products that fit all of the key search words: non-toxic, cruelty-free, organic, sustainable, and vegan. The beauty of Love Goodly allows the conscious consumer to take a break and, while scrolling through their website, find products they love without hours of scrutinizing tiny labels with unpronounceable words. In turn, by opening my mind’s borders to a lifestyle rich in challenges and growth, I’ve found an ally in Love Goodly.